The first large-scale march by gender and sexual minorities in the Netherlands took place in 1977 in response to events that were unfolding in Dade County, Florida. While it was not the first to take place in the Netherlands (in January of 1969, protests in the Hague sought the repeal of the Dutch ‘Article 248bis’ … More Mobilisation Without Borders: American Influence on the Netherlands’ 1977 “Homodemonstratie”
In Eighteenth Century London, a subculture of effeminate men became visible as many of them were prosecuted and their fates publicized in newspapers and caricatured in literary publications (Norton 2006). Their public humiliation through ‘sodomitical trials’ was widely consumed by an audience that spanned the Atlantic. Georgian London’s subcultures based on male same-sex eroticism became more … More The 1726 Raid of Mother Clap’s Molly House: Georgian London’s ‘Stonewall’ moment?
A central instrument in the creation of a transatlantic movement for LGBT rights has been urban space. Through participation in urban land markets, gay men have increased their visibility and accumulated political and economic capital. In turn, this has provided a basis upon which to make policy and political demands. The perceived early successes of Manhattan … More Transplanting ‘le Village’ of New York in Paris of the 1980s
The cast of the Village People’s multicultural makeup is a testament to formidable powers of marketing and music business prowess. It is also an instructive note in Atlantic history for the pedantic and those unable to enjoy disco music without dissecting its socio-economic, political, and historical implications. The original cast of The Village People brought together … More Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power
Displacement, Memory, Affect and Space Memory informs and determines our interactions, demands upon, and actions within, given geographies. It also plays a vital role in our projections into the future, structuring our expectations of what is possible within given spatial constraints. In effect, our ability to reach back into time consciously, or otherwise, disciplines our … More Memory and Space in James Baldwin’s New York – Paris 1948 Transatlantic Displacement
Oscar Wilde challenged the moralism of Victorian England and is frequently cited as the leading victim of Victorian puritanism (Adut 2005). His evident and much publicized transgression of dominant views on gender and sexuality culminated in his stigmatization and imprisonment. However, it could be argued that while Wilde’s case exposed processes that controlled bodies and morality … More Oscar Wilde, Victorian moral geographies and Empire
Transatlantic Crossings and Religion Religious belief and liturgical practice have been productive as they has traveled across the Atlantic. Belief and practice structure socioeconomic patterns of inclusion and exclusion, networks of political power, and the boundaries of cultural normativity. They also infuse daily practice and moderate the temperament and rhythm of lives in the communities … More A Queer Take on Christmas: Exploring the Possibilities of Incarnational Theology in Transatlantic Religious Debates on Human Sexuality